January 18, 2012
Our whole lives we have been told that we have
“freedom”, that we live in a “democracy”, that “we the people” have the
ability to choose the kind of society in which we want to live.
...and the government would not have grown to become the biggest and most menacing dictatorship in the history of the world.
It seems that in the past year these major events have really
resonated with a great number of people, not just in this country, but
throughout the world.
After generations of failing to create change
through politics, people are now shifting the direction of their message
towards one another, instead of pleading with politicians and organizations
that don’t care about anyone but themselves.
However, nowadays these people don’t seem to be
petitioning their government; it seems that more and more they are
petitioning their fellow citizens. This is because the government is an
obstacle; one which stands between the people and their freedom. Therefore,
it is completely impossible to solely use the government as a tool to
achieve freedom; this would be like trying to use a hammer to fix a broken
computer, in both cases you’re only going to make the problem worse.
SOPA and PIPA may seem unimportant when compared with,
...but if you think about it, without the Internet we would have an immense amount of difficulty dealing with any of the aforementioned problems.
Thanks to the Internet, these issues have gone
from taboo subjects to national issues in just a matter of years, which is
the whole reason for the rollout of the SOPA and PIPA acts to begin with.
Sure, I’ll admit that it’s going to take a lot
more than a viral web campaign to bring us peace and freedom, but this is
only a sign of things to come, and it’s a very good omen. Today, over a
thousand websites, including Google and Wikipedia, have either shut down or
have been modified in some way to protest next week’s vote on SOPA.
In an article last month, I said that the only way we will truly win this revolution is if we take matters into our own hands in a series of small battles where we call the enemies bluff every time they attempt to assert their illegitimate authority.
Right now is an example of one of those battles, and considering that I have probably never seen this level of activism and participation among the general public, I would say that we are at least moving things in the right direction.